WHEN a cholera epidemic swept through Sheffield in 1832, it brought bereavement and despair, writes Deputy Business Editor Greg Wright.
The city’s elders were determined to ensure that the victims were never forgotten, so they hired Matthew Ellison Hadfield to create a towering memorial. Today, Mr Hadfield’s monument to the 402 citizens of Sheffield who lost their lives in the epidemic stands as a stark reminder of a time when life was more precarious than it is today.
It wasn’t the only the thing Mr Hadfield created that has stood the test of time. The Sheffield-based architecture firm he founded, Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson, is marking its 180th anniversary. The practice became a limited company in 2008 after 174 years trading as a partnership and now includes architects, planners, interior designers and structural engineers. Based in two buildings on Broomgrove Road, HCD employs 80 staff, who work on a range of high profile architectural and engineering projects throughout the UK and in Europe.
David Peel, the chairman of HCD, which has a turnover of around £3.9m, said: “We are very proud of our heritage in what is traditionally a very volatile business sector. One hundred and eighty years in business is a major milestone by anybody’s standards and bears testament to our founding partner’s principles of good design, management and very high standards of service delivery. As a business we believe in developing long term relationships with our clients and our staff, many of whom have been with us for more than 25 years.”